Hans G. Poppe®

Hans is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana; however, he has a national reputation for handling catastrophic injury and death cases as well as contingency fee business-to-business litgation. 

While lots of lawyers hold themselves out as "trial lawyers," Hans actually is one.  According to the 2021 Kentucky Trial Court Year in Review, only two plaintiff lawyers in Kentucky have tried more cases to verdict than Hans since 2005. 

In fact, since 1998, only two lawyers in Kentucky have more verdicts over one million dollars than Hans (2021 Kentucky Trial Court Year in Review.) Hans had the largest medical malpractice verdict in Kentucky in 2021, the largest Kentucky verdict in 2016, and the second largest Kentucky verdict in 2008. Hans has multiple seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements in products liability, commercial truck wrecks, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, and FELA cases.

In 2016, ALM VerdictSearch Top 100 Verdicts of 2016 recognized Hans' $21,274,786 verdict in Wells v Catholic Health Initiatives, Inc as the 94th largest verdict in the United StatesThe Wells case was one of over 400 cased filed by the Poppe Law Firm in London, KY alleging unncessary cardiac procedures were performed in order to boost profits.  Three more cases went to trial and ultimately all the cases were globally settled the night before the verdict in the Owens v. CHI trial.  The work done by Hans and his team also contributed to a $16,500,000 Medicare qui tam recovery from the hospital and $380,000 from two doctors.  Additionally, the work done by the Poppe Law Firm helped lead to the arrest and federal conviction of two other cardiologists for Medicare fraud.  One was sentenced to 42 months and the other was sentenced to 30 months.  

At the same time he was handling the London unnecessary procedure litigation, Hans and his team found a similar fact pattern in Ashland, KY involving King's Daughter's hospital.  Hans filed over 500 lawsuits in Ashland also alleging unnecessary cardiac procedures. Two months later the Department of Justice reached a $41,000,000 settlement with King's Daughers for allegations of unnecessary procedures. The civil suits were settled in a 2019 confidential global settlement.  The work done by Hans and his team also helped lead to the conviction of a third cardiologist who was sentenced to 5 years and $1,000,000 in restitution.

Hans was selected by his peers as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice-Louisville by Best Lawyers®. Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" designation. Additionally, Hans was recognized in the same edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law.

Hans was named a 2021 Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyer by the prestigious Thomson-Reuters Super Lawyer peer review rating system.

Also in 2020, Hans was nominated and elected by his legal peers to be President of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates' Kentucky Chapter and in 2021 was awarded the ABOTA Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year in Kentucky.

Hans' advocacy and professionalism led the U.S News & World Report to recognize The Poppe Law Firm as a Best Law Firms in Kentucky-First Tier Law Firm in 2021 and 2022.

In additiona to being a courtroom trial lawyer, Hans has had five cases go before the Supreme Court of Kentucky. 

He was raised in Savannah, Georgia and moved to Kentucky to be closer to his mother’s family when he was 15. Hans majored in finance and minored in philosophy while at the University of Louisville. He worked his way through college while working third-shift part time at United Parcel Service. Quickly promoted several times, by his senior year he had advanced to a full-time position as a financial analyst in United Parcel Service’s Air Group where he analyzed past aircraft fleet maintenance expenditures in order to make projections for the future.

While he certainly enjoyed putting his finance degree to work, Hans had already made plans to attend law school on scholarship. Law school was a natural fit for him and he made the Dean’s list all six semesters while at The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. During his second year, Hans was selected to be a member of the Brandeis Law Journal (now the University of Louisville Law Review). Also in his second year, Hans advanced to the semi-final round of the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition and tied for third with the woman whom he would later marry, Jeri Barclay. During his final year, Hans was selected to represent the law school at the prestigious Kauffman Securities Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. He and his teammate-and still good friend-Shane O’Bryan, made the best showing in the law school’s history by finishing third in the nation. Hans finished law school ranked in the top ten with a grade point average high enough to gain him membership into the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Additionally, Hans was asked to join the most prestigious honor society at the Brandeis School of Law, the Brandeis Society.

Following graduation, Hans went to work for the small, well-respected plaintiff personal injury law firm where he had clerked during law school. Just two weeks after receiving his bar results, Hans, and the attorney with whom he worked, successfully tried a two-week medical malpractice case resulting in a $3,000,000 settlment while the jury was deliberating. He was hooked on trial work from that moment forward. Since then, he has been involved in a number of large jury verdicts and settlements, including serving as co-counsel in a $25,700,000 settlement arising out of childhood sexual abuse .This settlement consolidated 243 indivdual lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and was settled in 2003. At the time, it was the second largest settlement against a diocese in US History. To learn more about the case, you can read the Courier Journal Newspaper article here.

At only thirty-years of age, Hans made the decision to start his own firm. The dynamic success of The Poppe Law Firm comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Hans. He is passionate about the work he does and the people and small businesses he represents. Because of this, he chooses to limit his caseload to ensure he can give each of his clients the personal attention they need and deserve.


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Bar Admissions:

Kentucky Bar Association; Louisville Bar Association; Indiana Bar Association.

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Community Activities:

Board of Governors, Kentucky Justice Association 2005-Present.

Board of Trustees, Highland Baptist Church 2010-Present.

ABOTA- Associate Rank


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